Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tourist arrivals: An increase of 4.3% with 674,383 visitors from January to September


Small rise in tourist arrivals. From January to September this year, 674,383 visitors have set foot in Mauritius against 646,656 tourists during the same period in 2010.
Tourists are more likely to visit Mauritius. The latest figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of visitors increased by 4.3% in the first nine months of the year compared with the tourist arrivals for the same period in 2010.
Also according to figures from the Central Statistics Office is once again, China presents a clear progression.Improvements amounting to 92% from 5 809 to 11 153 visitors.
Yet this increase does not seem to enjoy the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Mauritius (AHRIM), since this increase is not reflected in the occupancy rate of hotels. According to Jocelyn Kwok, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of the association, the effect of the economic crisis of 2009 is still felt in this sector.
It shows that the occupancy rate of hotel rooms in the country is 65% for the first quarter of this year. Figures for previous years show that the situation has not really improved. In 2008, the hotel occupancy rate was 68% in 2009 to 61% and 65% in 2010.
To know that there are 22,000 rooms available in Mauritius. Approximately 12 000 of them are hotel rooms, 5,300 of guest rooms and some 5000 registered from those not registered. According to figures from the hotel association, 60% of tourists staying in hotels.
"Normally, the second half of the year is better. We can do better. It's all the bad performance and gloom of Mauritius which is to be deplored. But it is mainly the effects of the crisis are still present and we possibly for two years, " says CEO of AHRIM.
However, the CEO of AHRIM add it also notes a decline in the number of airline seats. "While on the one hand the number of hotel rooms increased by 15%, the number of seats available decreased by 2.3% from 2008 to 2011. This element also explains the discrepancy between the number of visitors and hotel occupancy rates, " he says.

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